Kickstart Employees


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To apply speak to your Work Coach and quote the reference 'Rochdale Health Alliance'.  Roles are available across Greater Manchester 

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We are offering exciting job placements to anyone who is looking to develop a career in primary and social care.  Roles are available in GP practices, dentist surgeries, pharmacies, care homes and nursing homes.

The six-month paid roles are part of the Kickstart Scheme – a national programme that is funding thousands of placements across the country to help unemployed young people get back into the job market.

You will be assigned a mentor to help you get the most out of your time and to plan the next steps of your career. We also offer structured support and training specific to your role and will work to develop your workplace skills.

Once you have finished the placement, you may be able to apply for a permanent role or develop your career elsewhere within primary and social care.

The placements are for anyone aged 16-24 who is currently on universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

We’re looking for people who are committed, enthusiastic and willing to get really stuck in. You will need to share our values of being compassionate, open and empowering – and committed to providing the best and safest possible care to patients.

You don’t need any formal qualifications but we expect you to have a good level of numeracy and literacy skills.  


Healthcare Assistant (HCA) - Life as an HCA is both varied and rewarding. You will gain hands-on experience from day one, supporting patients with mental and physical health needs within a fast-paced care setting.  You won’t be on your own – you will work under the guidance of a registered healthcare professional such as a nurse.
Click here for the HCA role within the GP Practice job description    
If you are interested in applying for an HCA role please speak to your Work Coach. 

Administrator/Receptionist - Administrative and reception staff are vital to the running of all our primary and social care organisations. They provide essential support to the planning and coordination of the ‘business of the organisation and delivery of patient services. 
Click here for the GP Administrator job description      
Click here for the Dental Administrator job description 
Click here for the Office-Based Administrator job description  

Care Assistant - Care Assistants in Residential and Nursing Homes help residents to live full, happy, and healthy lives through delivering care, activity, support, and companionship.  You will be helping residents to enjoy each day by making sure they receive the quality care, support, and opportunities for fulfilment that they deserve. 

Unfortunately, there are no Care Assistant roles available at this time, we hope to have more positions soon.
Click here for the Care Assistant job description

Medical Counter Assistant - This role delivers exceptional customer care on the shop floor, welcoming customers into the store and assisting them with products and services. You need to thrive on customer interaction and be able to gain their trust as well as demonstrate a high degree of compassion and care.
Click here for the Medical Counter Assistant job description

Pharmacy Dispenser - This role works closely alongside the Pharmacist supporting the supply of medication to patients.  You will need an eye for detail and enjoy customer interaction.
Click here for the Pharmacy Dispenser job description


What will Kickstart offer you?

Kickstart is a great opportunity. Not only does it give you access to a six month paid job, but you will also get valuable experience to build up your CV, extra support to boost your future job prospects and help to start your career.  We will be offering an extensive training package specific to the role you choose within primary and social care.  Anyone in a Kickstart role who has not achieved a Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy qualification will be given support to study towards/achieve this qualification during their employment.

How do I apply for a Kickstart Job?

To express an interest in getting a Kickstart Scheme job speak to your Work Coach. They’ll be aware of the Kickstart job placements available in your area in the job sectors you’d like to work in.  We will be advertising our roles but you must apply through your Work Coach.  Another important difference between applying for a job and applying for a Kickstart Job placement is that your Work Coach will be responsible for putting candidates forward for placements. We recommend that you’re proactive to increase your chances of being put forward for Kickstart scheme jobs. For example; make a note in your Universal Credit journal to express your interest in the Kickstart Scheme.

How will I get paid my Kickstart Scheme salary?

Your employer will pay your salary/wages directly into your bank account. The funding for the Kickstart Scheme covers your wages, National Insurance and Pension contributions. 

How much will I be paid?

Funding for Kickstart jobs cover 25 hours per week and pays at least the National Living Wage depending on how old you are.  The rates change on 1 April every year.


23 and over

21 to 22

18 to 20

Under 18

April 2021





You can work more than 25 hours per week if agreed between yourself and your employer and will be paid accordingly.  Other opportunities such as overtime or joining a Staff Bank will be available to you once you have completed training and developed your skills.

What qualifications and experience do I need to get a Kickstart job?

There are no entry requirements to get a job on the Kickstart Scheme. The majority of jobs on the Kickstart Scheme won’t require any qualifications or experience. One of the aims of the Kickstart Scheme is to help you get the skills and experience you need to get a job when you’ve completed your 6-month placement. However, there will be exceptions to this in line with the health and safety, safeguarding and requirements of the job. 

What happens when the six-month placement finishes?

There are a few ways to progress your career after the six-month placement such as you can be offered a permanent role at your current place of work, you could move to an apprenticeship or we can support you with finding a new role within primary and social care.

What if I don’t like my placement?

We will work with you and the employer to work through any issues. If this fails, and we understand not all placements will be successful, we will try to find an alternative placement for you.

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